“The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22).
Move ahead one more step from the stage in which you were called as ‘believers.’ Surrender yourself to be called as ‘servant of God.’ Ask saying, “Let God give whatever ministry, I will do it. God! Give me the inheritance and the glory which the servants of God possess.”
See that the thought that a servant of God should be good at preaching troubles you too much. Teaching the lessons to Sunday school children, singing for God and playing musical instruments are also ministries only. Coming early to church, arranging the chairs to the congregation and to pray that everyone sitting in those chairs should be anointed during the service is also a ministry.
But as days go by, get confirmed over what the call for you is and for what you have been chosen. What is the ministry God is keeping for you? Try to affirm whether it is an Evangelist? Or a shepherd? Or an Apostle? Or a Pastor to teach the Scripture?
Jesus said, “If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my Father will honour” (John 12:26). What is the responsibility of a servant of God? He should love God and glorify Him with praises. He should proclaim the Name of God to others and expand His Kingdom.
God loves His servants. He makes His ministers a flame of fire (Hebrews 1:7, Psalm 104:4). God has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (Psalm 35:27). Even on the last page of the Bible, we read how God honours and glorifies His servants. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads (Revelation 22:4).
Do you know what God means by saying ‘the inheritance of the servants of God’? God says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is from me,” says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).
I know a servant of God. He was saved from the Islamic community and he ministered with zeal. But he faced tribulation after tribulation in his life and in the end what resulted to him was backslide. Though he spent a few years in the darkness, God gave him a sensitive heart. He compromised with his wife and children and returned to the old times. “The Lord redeems the soul of His servant” (Psalm 34:22). How true this is!
To meditate: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (Revelation 2:5).